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War on Poverty Anniversary

Ideas in Search of a Movement: Thomas Piketty, Jacob Riis and Economic Inequality

Steven Conn | Posted 08.08.2014 | Politics
Steven Conn

Right now Thomas Piketty's book, and all the others that have exposed, analyzed and offered prescriptions for our economic inequality, are powerful ideas in search of a movement. Income equality is not like the weather. Rather than just complaining about it, we can actually do something to make it better.

A Global Perspective on America's "War on Poverty" Anniversary

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The most effective way to maintain progress over time is to educate children so that they have their own set of skills, skills that can ensure a sustainable tomorrow, provide economic security and create a future.

When Talking About Civil Legal Aid, Don't Forget Its ROI

Lonnie A. Powers | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Lonnie A. Powers

For the good of our society and our economy, we must continue to ensure that low-income individuals and families can access legal information, advice and representation.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

K. Sujata | Posted 01.16.2014 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Whether it was when she was a child of a teen mom suffering from abuse, during her teen years as a runaway, during her struggles with substance abuse, or following her incarceration -- she regularly presented warning signs she was headed toward homelessness.

The War on Poverty 50 Years Later -- Time to Focus On Youth

Mark Edwards | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Nearly 6 million young people in the United States are floundering, unable to secure a meaningful foothold in either school or work. 20 percent of them live in poverty, numbers that soared since the Great Recession and have remained stagnant.

Tackling Child Poverty: Having That Vision Thing

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Nobody -- no matter their political ideology -- should find it acceptable that 22 percent of our nation's children live in poverty

I Was a Covert Agent in the War on Poverty

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Frances Moore Lappe

Okay, I didn't wear a hidden mic. (Did they have those in '67?) I didn't don gloves to mask my fingerprints that hot summer in Philly. But, I was truly an infiltrator, a provocateur-for-progress in the War on Poverty declared 50 years ago this month.

The Conservative Response to the War on Poverty Discussion -- So Far

Jared Bernstein | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I'm finding some of the responses by conservative politicians, economists, et al to the War on Poverty discussion to be interesting and revealing. There's a lot of silliness, and worse, of course. I'd assign the Reagan quip, "we fought a war on poverty and lost," to that category, as well as the misleading $20 trillion talking point. But once they get past the canned stuff, there's some interesting substance. Progressives have largely been pointing out that, in fact, rigorous analysis shows both significant and even lasting progress against poverty, amidst steep remaining challenges.

Mike Duggan: Detroit Rejected or Detroit Recovered?

David Alexander Bullock | Posted 03.15.2014 | Detroit
David Alexander Bullock

Mayor Duggan cannot rest his laurels on mere trash pick up and snow removal. He has got to attack poverty in Detroit head on.

Bachmann Botches Key Poverty Stats

Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

The Following post first appeared on Rep. Michele Bachmann was wrong on two counts when she claimed today’s poverty rate is “onl...

Want to Win the War on Poverty? For the Sake of the Most Vulnerable, Let's Work Together

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Both liberals and conservatives could and should support all three crucial ingredients to overcoming poverty with opportunity: work, education, and family. Let's redeem this historic moment of declaring war on poverty by finally doing what it will take to win it -- together.

The War on Poverty Gave Me a Chance at Success

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

President Johnson died in 1973, a year before I was born, but his legacy of the War on Poverty gave millions of children like me a chance to live a better life. Poverty has not been solved but millions of lives have been enriched because of these government programs and that is a legacy to be proud of.

Le Résistance

Jonathan Richards | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later, Do We Have the 'Glands?'

John Bouman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
John Bouman

At this 50th anniversary of the declaration of the War on Poverty, there are signs that if America's leaders take on poverty by name, the country itself may be ready to take large-scale action against poverty.

LBJ's Unfinished Race War

Derrick Darby | Posted 03.10.2014 | Black Voices
Derrick Darby

Poverty has always been colorblind and is not contained by geographical borders. But it is also true that while poverty affects us all, it disproportionately impacts people of color in America.

From War on Poverty to War on Working Poor

Rep. Frederica Wilson | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Rep. Frederica Wilson

This week marks two anniversaries. It's not only the 50th anniversary of President Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty but also the 1,100th consecutive day of the Republican House of Representatives' refusal to vote on a single serious piece of jobs legislation.

Re-Learning the Lessons of the War on Poverty

Martha J. Bailey | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Martha J. Bailey

Critics are right that the War on Poverty has been expensive, but wrong to call it a failure. Yes, poverty is still with us, but many of its often forgotten programs were landmark successes.

War on Poverty: Large Positive Impact, But More Work Remains

Sharon Parrott | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

Poverty in America is high compared to other wealthy nations largely because our safety net does less to lift people out of poverty than those of other Western nations. The poverty story over the last half-century in the United States is mixed for several reasons.

This Is What Poverty Would Look LIke If The GOP Had Its Way

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson's declaration of the War on Poverty. Though far from over, and labeled a failure by Republicans...